Wednesday, 1 October 2014

wedding ring top

Really happy to have finished the scrap wedding ring
quilt top 
adding it to the WIPs at www.freshlypieced.com
also trying out lily's quilts small blog meet today 






Found the piecing of the rows really tough  at the intersection of 4 squares, so they are not perfect, but  OK ish.........need to read some more detail on how to sew tricky seams like that, any suggestions welcomed folks
My back is all sore and  stiff due to not moving off the machine for 4 hours or so, silly really, must get up and stretch more, but trying not to stretch as far as  the kitchen where I  made tablet this week.
Tablet is a very hard relative of fudge and best known in Scotland
Guess I also made it to celebrate the continuing union of Scotland with the UK...hurrah ( any excuse )

Ingredients...sugar, butter, sugar, water, sugar, condensed milk, sugar and vanilla bean paste.



Wednesday, 24 September 2014

scrap wedding ring curve tutorial

Discovered a fantastic way to use my scraps, they don't have to be matchy matchy, you just have to have LOTS of different fabrics. One decision you have to make is what colour fabric you want for your background and 'voids' on your wedding rings, don't use this colour on the arcs, unless you want them to  disappear on your quilt. Something tells me that most of you do have a wee scrap mountain, so choice should not be a problem. Reading WPIWednesday at
http://www.freshlypieced.com/ stimulated me to write this tutorial today

Cut your scraps into 2.5 x 3.5 inch pieces. Roughly, not exactly.

I am using  the Jenny Niemeyer 17 1/4  inch acrylic template set, mainly as I am lazy and want to make big blocks that I can get together to make a quilt this century.

Here standeth my scrap bin, its a laundry basket from john lewis, and its fab as has small base but is nice and tall.




And here are some cut 2.5 x 3.5 inch bits, duh



Judy's acrylic template set for wedding ring




I put a piece of paper behind  the template, turned up the  blackness ( terminology? ) setting on my printer, placed the template on the paper and photocopied the  template onto back of scrap printer paper. Tada



Now pick a nice selection of 8 of your fabric pieces. I love contrast and clashing.



   Go to your sewing machine and...... breathe
    Take the end 2 pieces, right sides together 


 and with the end piece directly under the first transecting line on the template



 Sew with a  seam following the transecting black line on the template across the template, set your stitch length to 1.5 as this will give you a tighter stitch , less likely to pull out when you remove the backing paper.

Now, sew right along, through the fabrics and underlying paper


 Take the piece over to your ironing board, turn it over and press the seam to set it

  Fold back the paper  behind and trim the seam with scissors



  Turn over again and open out and iron flat



Hey hey, first sections done!




  Now add another piece so it will cover the next section black line ( you can flip it over to check )



Stitch again alone the template line 
 Press seam 

 Fold back paper



 Trim seam


 Iron out  flat


 Et Voila!

 Repeat process until all 8 bits are sewn


 This is what it will look like now. I think this photo will irritate accurate paper piecers......but I always cut pieces a bit bigger to allow for error



 Carefully remove the backing paper, hold the 2 seams whilst you do this to stop them ripping out



 This is what we are left with 



 Take to your cutting board and apply and line up template over the arc, trim




 Nice and tidy now



You are good for a coffee and a piece of fudge now, before the next one!
This what we are heading to , some time, in the future.......



Monday, 22 September 2014

pincushion fest

Best friend made the mistake of asking me to make her a pincushion for Christmas
So, permission to search the web for all sorts of lovely tutorials and patterns all day long
The US sites mention crushed walnut shells as best for stuffing  ( heavy )
I first used quinoa ( surprisingly untouched in my cupboard), then steam ironed the cushion which I think was risky as cooking may have started;  so then blasted it with the hairdryer 


Next tried pudding rice , this time without steam or nutmeg


Hmmm, off to Pets at Home looking for crushed walnut shells
No luck, it seems we use crushed oyster shells for chickens and birdies, but was vaguely worried that it may smell fishy....but no way to find out ......

Made a few with soft toy stuffing, but although they look OK, I think they will scoot around the workspace too much



Also had a go at a bracelet version, and yes, I did put a piece of cardboard in to stop the inevitable stabbing accident. After I unpicked the finished item.



Now ordered some crushed walnut shells on amazon. Made me laugh as the positive review came from another sewer 
( not a reptile keeper as it is designed for, ha)

Final selection for present



Thursday, 11 September 2014

double wedding ring and macaroons

Always wanted to give DWR a go
Still using up my scraps to make a lap quilt for a wedding present,  cannot face trying to make a bed quilt. Going OK at the moment, but have ordered templates to trim more accurately, also tempted to get the accuquilt die, although thats a smaller diameter than my current block.
I am linking to quilt story fabric tuesday..see my side bar buttons.



Today was a  good day
doggie off to daycare 0730
2 hours cleaning + washing
high speed train to London  to Waitrose cookery school to make  macaroons
 brilliant value
warm pastries and fresh coffee  and fruit on arrival, glass of cava to celebrate a staff members birthday ( hurray! ), lovely demo with handsome chef and great fun making them with an old friend
BUT feel I cannot live now without a professional cooking thermometer




Wandered into Finchley Road Habitat and was taken by the number of quilty inspired items there